Growing up Inga was always fascinated by space travel. In high school, she discovered an interest and aptitude for STEM subjects. To combine her two passions, she chose to enrol in a Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.

“A dream of mine has always been to walk on the moon which was first sparked by learning in depth about the Apollo missions over the years,” Inga said. “I’ll always strive to achieve this dream, but ultimately after I graduate, I want to be amongst new discoveries and missions which lead us to deepening our understanding of the universe.”

While in her final year of high school, Inga wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next but after attending a University of Newcastle Open Day, she settled on the Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering.

“It wasn’t until I attended the Open Day and learnt about the Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering that I knew it was the perfect fit for me,” Inga said.

“Choosing an engineering degree seemed like a fitting choice. I enjoy challenging myself and throughout high school I participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge with St Mary’s High School Gateshead, winning the 2016 Nationals competition,” she said.

Currently completing her second year of study, Inga has taken full advantage of the extra-curricular activities the University of Newcastle has to offer including getting involved in a club. As Marketing Officer and member of the University of Newcastle Rocketry NU team, Inga has had the opportunity to gain industry experience in the world of aeronautical engineering while studying.

“Being part of NU Teams, I’ve had the opportunity to simulate industry experience whilst exploring my passion for business and social media,” Inga said.

“One of the most exciting highlights of my time at the University has been meeting new people that are passionate about the same things as I am,” Inga said. “I’ve had the opportunity to connect with likeminded people who have become some of my closest friends.”

Inga has been impressed with the quality of learning she has received so far throughout her degree and the unique aspects of the program.

“The program at the University of Newcastle offers students something completely different to any University in Australia,” Inga said.

“The degree compels us to evaluate the entire structure of a space aircraft and how these all interact together. So we get to learn about the whole system, not just a specific area of the aircraft as other aeronautical engineering degrees offer.”

Inga advises other students interested in engineering to jump in and give it a try.

“An engineering degree can be tough but it’s extremely rewarding,” Inga said. “There is so much more you can learn at the University of Newcastle than just academics. So, enjoy the journey and you will make lifelong friends here, just like I have.”

Study a Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) at the University of Newcastle

Inga Leinasars

While in her final year of high school, Inga wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next but after attending a University of Newcastle Open Day, she settled on the Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering.

The program at the University of Newcastle offers students something completely different to any University in Australia.

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